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Is the Future of Trust in Danger? DataDownload A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

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Today — the Media Lab is gearing up to ask an important question — what is the current state of Trust in America, and is it likely to get better or worse? We’ve gathered together a remarkable group of thinkers to discuss the topic. Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center. Vasant Dhar, Co-director of graduate studies, ph.D Program Center for data Science. Richard Edelman…


Innovation Monitor: Social networking is getting interesting again

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor. “Social networks are competitive again.” That’s not something you hear every day, or have heard much during this past decade. As conversations around platform monopoly of FAMGA dominate the tech and regulatory conversation, we’re beginning to see a quiet(ish) boom in social networking competition. Clubhouse, TikTok, Discord, and other alt-tech platforms, new networks are being built off of different experiences that, for the first time in a long time, make the online places we use to connect with topics and…


DataDownload: FDR and Ferris Bueller A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

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This week — two quotes bouncing around in my head. First: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And — “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Two famous philosophers: Ferris Bueller, and FDR. Anyone out there tying a knot? OpenAI is anything but open — but Eleuther (named…


Innovation Monitor: Flexible, bendable and kind of like an octopus — the world of Soft Robotics

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor. This week’s edition covers something a bit distant from the media-meets-tech landscape, but that represents a major component in the future of technology: Soft Robotics. Think fluid, bendable, flexible, octopus-like robots that will solve problems in ways that previously would’ve been unimaginable. An endoscope at a doctor’s office might be a rudimentary version of what we’ll be talking about, but the base concept is a similar one. Adaptability isn’t often a robots’…


DataDownload: Remembering the Internet, an encyclopedia of online life A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

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Today — remembering the internet. A Must Read from The Atlantic. YouTube creators’ changing revenue model, from Bloomberg. The frustrating battle to try and cancel a subscription. And of course the changing nature of work. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the latest Big Tech showdown with CEOs vs. Congress — it’s worth a watch for sure. And a podcast called Sporkful, because —…


Innovation Monitor: Robotic Process Automation and Worker Displacement

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

The message, theory, and warnings of technology takeovers and its impact on jobs is not new. In fact, it’s been news for at least 200 years, with headlines like the one below from 1928, and the economist John Maynard Keynes’ coining of the term ‘technological unemployment’ in the 1930s. Actually, according to this piece: “In 350 BCE, Aristotle worried that self-playing harps would make musicians obsolete.”


DataDownload: Wikipedia is asking Big Tech to Pay Up A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

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This week — tech is front and center as issues engage public debate. Wikipedia is looking for big tech to pay up. Bravo! The true cost of Bitcoin and NFTs makes interesting reading from OneZero. China is focused on ‘Private Traffic’ — and the opportunities and risks that are in that phrase. Clubhouse continues to grow at a dramatic rate. And Senator Amy Klobuchar is ready…


Innovation Monitor: AI’s impact on blindness, PTSD and cancer

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor. “The 21st-century economy has been a two-decade series of punches in the gut.” — Neil Irwin In the past few decades, economic writers have defaulted to a subset of themes, ranging from “ominous to gloomy to terrifying,” remarks NYT’s senior economic correspondent Neil Irwin. He chronicles the last twenty years as a “mild recession… followed by a weak recovery followed by a financial crisis followed by another weak recovery followed by a pandemic-induced collapse.” Ominous, gloomy, terrifying. But Irwin…


MARCH 2021: The Perils of De-Platforming Plus immersive film, activism & next-gen art View this email in your browser

It’s been an extraordinary two weeks here at the NYC Media Lab. More than 500 attendees joined us in a virtual world, purpose-built for the Tech + Storytelling event last week. We’ll be sharing clips and full-length panels, keynotes, and demos over the next few weeks — so if you’re not already following us on Twitter, now’s the time to click @nycmedialab. We also discussed “The Perils of De-Platforming,” bringing speakers from the ACLU, EFF, The New York Times, and Queen’s…

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